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How can I accelerate my personal growth?

Michael W Ellison

Accelerating your career means moving farther and faster than other people in your same career track. You will only achieve this through:

1. Taking risks that your peers do not

2. Working with people who are among the best in your field

3. Working for a company that is growing so fast that you gain access to opportunities that would otherwise never be available

If you look at all the most successful people you know or have read about, you will find a few striking patterns.

First you’ll notice that you MUST take risks to get ahead. The road less traveled is by definition the only road that will allow you to get ahead because getting ahead means doing things differently. Go for big successes or big failures. Anything in between doesn’t stand out. The worst thing you can be in your career is invisible.

Second, you’ll notice that the people who accomplish a lot ALWAYS surrounded themselves with exceptional people smarter than themselves. From Steve Jobs to Gandhi, they were able to recognize, attract, and retain great people.

Lastly, the type of product, company, and industry you are working in will heavily influence your future opportunities. Tech is a great place to be no matter what your skill set is.

To borrow a quote from Eric Schmidt to Sheryl Sandberg, “Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren’t growing quickly or their missions don’t matter as much, that’s when stagnation and politics come in. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

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